Riverside launches £50k community chest to help fund local projects in Halton Lea

The Community Chest Fund has been made possible thanks to housing association Riverside to build stronger communities in Hallwood Park and Palace Fields, as part of a commitment to invest £20 million over 10 years.

Voluntary sector organisations, registered charities, schools and residents are welcome to bid for a grant. They will need to demonstrate how the project will benefit people living on the two estates by tackling issues such as:

  • Loneliness and social isolation in the community for older people or those with limited mobility.
  • Helping to reduce poverty.
  • Setting up a learning programme for all age groups.
  • Projects to help bring the community together.
  • Reducing anti-social behaviour.
  • Generating volunteering opportunities.

Dean Butterworth, Riverside’s Regional Director, said: “We are delighted to launch this Community Chest Fund which is the first project in the Hallwood Park and Palace Fields Area Renewal Plan. The fund is for local people and community groups to bid for money to help tackle local issues and support vulnerable people.

“This funding pot is in response to feedback from residents who took part in the first stage of engagement which highlighted a real need for more local projects to be set up and support those most in need.

“We would be happy to discuss ideas and how we can help support and develop your idea into a potential project, as well as give guidance on how to complete the application form. Our aim is to improve the neighbourhoods and drive investment to create a strong, balanced and sustainable community for the future.”

Halton Lea community engagements which took in March 2019.

The funding pot is the first phase of a 10-year investment programme by Riverside to revitalise both estates after a series of engagement events took place with residents last month. People also had a chance to take part in a survey to have their say on where the money should be invested.

Closing date for funding applications is 5pm on Friday 10 May. For more information on the funding criteria and how to apply please visit www.riverside.org.uk/haltonlea.